Cubs won’t repeat: oddsmaker


The Boston Red Sox will be crowned World Series champions this season, that prediction courtesy of Bovada.

The online betting agency pegged the Red Sox’ odds at winning it all in 2017 at 9/2. Last year’s champions, the Chicago Cubs, also were at 9/2 odds, but their stock was falling while Boston’s was rising.

It’s tough to argue against either one of these teams playing deep into October. The Cubs return nearly the same powerful lineup from 2016, while the Red Sox appear to be even better than last year despite the retirement of slugger David Ortiz.

Regardless who Bovada picks as World Series favourites, my hope is to see the Cleveland Indians win it all this season. By the way, Cleveland is at 8/1 odds to win the Fall Classic, followed by the LA Dodgers and Washington Nationals at 10/1.

The Blue Jays are listed at 20/1; the Yankees at 25/1, though I see both of these stats as optimistic.

Rounding out the bottom of the list are the Reds, Brewers, Twins, A’s, Phillies and Padres at 150/1.

Dare you take a chance on one of those dregs? You’d have a better chance at winning the lottery.


A slightly different take from rotisserie guru Nathaniel Pectoa, who predicts the Dodgers’ 99 wins will set the pace in 2017. The Cubs and Mets, according to Pecota also will secure division titles in the National League.

In the American League, the Houston Astros will lead the pack with 93 wins, followed by Cleveland and Boston.

An interesting take from Pecota’s predictions: The Tampa Bay Rays will finish second behind Boston in the AL East.


I realize not everyone is a fan of the New York Yankees, and I do understand a couple of the excuses why folks cheer against my favourite team.

I’m not always a fan, either. Lately, I’ve had a tough time accepting the way some of the players have been treated by the executive group running this club.

Last year, in a classless move by management, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira were forced into early retirement to open up a couple of spots on the roster for younger talent. In return, the Yankees did very little to appreciate the contributions to these once-star players – perhaps future Hall of Fame inductees – who helped bring the 2009 World Series to New York.

More recently, Yankees president Randy Levine publicly mocked all-star reliever Dellin Betances after the Yankees won an arbitration hearing.

Betances asked for $5 million in arbitration and the Yankees countered with $3 million. After the case was settled, Levine blasted Betances and his agent for trying to soak the Yankees for more money and change the way elite relief pitchers are paid.

And now there’s unnecessary bad blood between the Yankees and Betances, who was born and raised in New York and grew up a Yankees fan.

Who knew that a difference of $2 million would cause so much controversy with the Yankees’ hierarchy?

Oh yeah, Levine is the same guy who several years ago dared Derek Jeter to test free agency, saying Jeter would be welcome to leave the franchise and go elsewhere because there would be other options to fill his void if he left.


Only 23 days until I’m watching Cactus League games in Phoenix. It’s the best place to be this time of year.


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